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Cross Purpose: Religious Right Lawyers Secularize Christian Symbol To Get Utah Case Before Supreme Court

For Christians, it’s Holy Week, and you don’t have to look too far to find crosses on display at churches and other venues. As pretty much everyone knows, that symbol represents the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and is generally regarded as the central representation of the Christian faith.

But if you ask the lawyers at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), you might get a different take.

‘Freedom To Believe…Or Not’: Nick News Focuses On Kids And Religious Liberty

Earlier this week, I talked about how important it is for young people today to know their rights – especially when it comes to religious freedom.

There are many misconceptions out there about what the First Amendment says. As adults, we often forget that these fallacies can affect kids from an early age.

‘Faith-Based’ Fracas: Supreme Court Lets Taxpayer Challenge Go Forward In Kentucky

Americans United got some good news yesterday in a “faith-based” funding case that began back in 2000.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Alicia Pedreira and other Kentucky taxpayers against the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children. Using millions in public funds, the sectarian childcare agency has been indoctrinating children in religious beliefs and discriminating on religious grounds in employment, firing Pedreira for being a lesbian.

Delaware Valley Chapter (PA/NJ) Hosts Second Annual Church-State Symposium

On Saturday, April 9, the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United hosted their Second Annual Church-State Issues Symposium at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The all-day event featured lively presentations by an array of speakers. Rev. Barry Lynn delivered the keynote address on "Separation of Church and State--It's Not Just About School Prayer Anymore; It's About Everything".

Back Zack!: Louisianians Should Support High School Senior’s Science Project

Every year at the Values Voter Summit in September, the Religious Right makes sure to put its young activists in the limelight. They serve as a reminder (and a warning) that the fundamentalist political agenda will be pushed for years to come.

Fortunately, advocates of church-state separation have our own youth activists ready to take them on. Baton Rouge, La., high school senior Zack Kopplin is a good example.

Taxpayer Tithes: House Speaker Uses Budget Deal To Fund Religious Schools With Your Tax Dollars

It’s a gorgeous spring day in Washington today. Sadly, it’s likely to be an ugly day for church-state separation.

This afternoon, both houses of Congress are expected to vote on a budget deal that includes federal taxpayer funding to reauthorize and expand the Washington, D.C., school voucher program.

My Birthday Wish For Thomas Jefferson: An End To The Religious Right’s Lies About Him

Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and my modest gift to him is to debunk the latest David Barton nonsense about our third president.

Barton, a Religious Right historical revisionist who promotes discredited “Christian nation” propaganda, has lately taken aim at one of Jefferson’s most famous projects: The so-called “Jefferson Bible.” As usual, Barton’s version has only a passing relationship with the truth.

Florida Folly: Constitutional Change Would Harm Religious Liberty, Clergy Say

Americans United often points out the church-state separation is not only good for government, it’s also good for religion.

Yesterday, three members of the clergy – a Baptist minister, a Presbyterian minister and a rabbi – made that clear in a letter to Florida legislators. They wrote to oppose SJR 1218, a measure that tears down the church-state wall erected by the state constitution.

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